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James Spader Biography

Birth Name:
James Todd Spader
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Jobs before becoming a successful actor included yoga instructor, busboy, truck driver, stable boy and railroad-car loader
  • Studied acting at the Michael Chekhov School in New York
  • Has extremely poor eyesight and cannot wear contacts
  • Has said that when his characters do not wear glasses he can barely make out the faces of the other actors in the scene
  • Always wanting to spend more time with his family, he told GQ in 1990, "If I don't need the money, I don't work
  • " Received Emmys in consecutive years for portraying the same character in two series: The Practice in 2004 and Boston Legal in 2005

Awards

  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1990Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 1989Cannes Film Festival-Best Actor: winner

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